Columbus, Ohio---The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped its season opener 88-41 to no.16 ranked Ohio State Wednesday night in Value City Arena.
Tennessee State struggled to find the basket in the first half and failed to put points on the board until a three pointer by Meredith Stafford at the 11:05 mark. During TSU’s scoring drought, OSU built a lead of 19-0. Three consecutive baskets by Ohio State’s Maria Moeller swelled the Buckeye lead to 26-3 with 8:28 left to play in the half.
Ohio State went into the break with a commanding 42-14 lead. TSU shot 6-of-26 from the field for 23.1 percent while OSU shot 58.1 percent (18-of-31) in the first half.
Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to open up the second half, pushing the lead to 54-14 (15:25). TSU scored its first bucket of the second half on a three pointer by Charisse Hicks (14:59).
The Lady Tigers shot an improved 36.7 % from the field in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the game on the way to the win.
Charisse Hicks led TSU with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting while Kendra Appling added 12 points and five steals.
The Lady Tigers return to Nashville to play the first home game of the regular season on Saturday, November 17, against Nicholls State. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.